It’s that time of year when our Central Alabama Community College Trojans begin hitting the road for a new year of competitive golf. Just as in all years past, I am very excited to get things under way.

The group of young men who are with us this year have been working very hard in practice, are attentive to my instructions and have been giving play their full efforts. If we can maintain this attitude and work ethic, we could be a team with targets on our backs.

I would like to introduce our Trojan golfers. Returning for their second years as sophomores are Caleb O’Toole from Pinson; Reed Love from Trussville; Owen Burt from Millbrook; and Noah Dennis from Trussville.

Our freshmen squad consists of Daniel Finnemann from Newnan, Georgia; Jackson Schultz from McDonough, Georgia; Andrew Friend from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and one of Alexander City’s very own – Dylan Muncus.

CACC golf began this year ranked number five in the Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division 1 Coaches Poll. There are a number of top-performing college golf programs in Division 1 NJCAA, and I am proud to be ranked in the top five. Our job now is to work our way to the highest level. I would be very disappointed if we were to fall back as the year progressed. We will certainly have some ups and downs but consistently trending toward number one in the nation is our goal for the year.

It is great to see that a few of my present sophomores are already getting some good looks from Division 1 and Division 2 NCAA universities. This has fired up the rest of the sophomores and opened the eyes of many freshmen.

To keep up with our team for tournament results, follow us online at Golfstat.com. On this website, choose: “Schedules & Results;” then: “Schedule – Men.” This will display the present month’s college golf schedules. From here, scroll down to the appropriate date and tournament; and then, simply click on “Results.” There is no fee to review these on the website.

Feel free to visit us during any of our tournaments. We love spectators and supporters of Trojan Golf. Our talent will impress those that watch us play.

As noted by the calendar of events in which we are scheduled to compete, we will be doing some extensive traveling. Unlike Division 1 university golf, there is always an entry fee for our college golf tournaments. The entry fee, along with the travel expenses for five players and a coach, becomes quite expensive for us at CACC. Our golf program relies on the benevolence of our supporters in funding our program.

To make a tax-deductible donation to assist our golf program, please make checks payable to CACC Golf, and mail them to Coach Dave Jennings, CACC, 1675 Cherokee Rd., Alexander City AL 35010. I will have a receipt prepared to be mailed back. Donations to CACC Golf are investments in the lives of young men who (as history has shown for CACC Trojan golfers) are leaders in their communities, leaders in their chosen professions and tremendous family men. I am proud to have coached so many fine young men over the years, and I deeply appreciate all the support so many have shown.

Go Trojans!

~Dave Jennings is the men’s golf coach at Central Alabama Community College.